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December 13th, 2017
The Rebirth of River City

The Rebirth of River City

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At the Don River bridge on Queen street looking west, there are more anchors to the new community. The River City buildings overlooking the Don River add a dramatic, curving, jutting shape to the skyline. A full transformation will be made through three different phases. West of River City, you can see new affordable housing for seniors and families, again building a city for all its residents.

The public realm will also be well in place by the time the Games are over and the community takes shape. Corktown Common and Underpass Park are already open and well-used by park-lovers.

The transformation of the West Don Lands will bring the hum of life back to the old Canary building on Cherry Street. It began its life in the 1850s as the Palace Street School, then expanded to become the Cherry Street Hotel. Other businesses followed as the neighbourhood transformed into an industrial area. In 1965 the Canary Restaurant opened. Future use of the building is still uncertain, but it will certainly find an intriguing purpose. Everything around it will change for the Pan Am Games just 14 months away!

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